On this last get together what impressed me was how some of the regular members had improved in their push hands skills and how this group had attracted other people who were quite advanced in their Taijiquan. I say this because I remember the different phases of growth this loose gathering of people had gone through. There were immature phases when people relied on brute force, were unfriendly, secretive and egotistical about their push hands until someone would show them a better way, then those who were smart and serious enough would learn and adapt more in line with the true principles of Taiji. There were times when you'd have to walk away from the group for awhile so as not to develop the bad habits brute force encourages - the bad postures, the tension, the aggressive intent on dominating, resistance to yielding & receiving etc... What was great this last time was how soft some had become & consequently have improved their ability to listen and interpret, and of course how good they had become in trapping you.
What it's made me realise is that I miss this type of free hand pushing practice so if anybody (not only Taiji practitioners) with a similar harmonious, cooperative mindset living in the South Brisbane, Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain area who wants to practice Taiji's soft-self defense skills in this semi-structured, non-aggressive and safe way, please contact me and we can arrange a regular group meetup to do some pushing hands. This isn't a formal lesson nor promotion and taken in the right way can give great benefits, learning and enjoyment. Email me at - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Chang Tye